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Ernst Jacobsen Photography

Normal , IL
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1209 N. School Street
Normal, IL 61761 US (map)

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309-287-0848

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ABOUT US

*2014 Couple's Choice Award *

*2013 Bride's Choice Award *

* 2012 WPJA Wedding Photojournalist Association Winner *



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*2014 Couple's Choice Award *

*2013 Bride's Choice Award *

* 2012 WPJA Wedding Photojournalist Association Winner *



Visit my website to view recent weddings and read client testimonials, such as:



“...the best value for the cost of all of our wedding vendors…”

Kathy and Andrew / Bride and Groom

And then just give me a call or send an email to find out I still have the date available.

I look forward to connecting!

Ernst.



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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes. In addition to natural light, I will also bring an assortment of "off camera" lighting frequently used during family formals and during the reception (see my website/blog for examples)
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes (with emergency backup).
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes. We'll decide on an emergency photographer in advance of your wedding day.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Canon Professional Cameras & lenses
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes, high resolution digital files are provided with full print rights.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes, a complimentary online viewing gallery (with optional ordering) is included.
What kind of albums do you offer?
Beautiful, custom designed albums printed on the finest Hahnemuhle German Etching paper with covers ranging from luxurious leathers to stunning metal.

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Amanda
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
I don't think there are enough words to say how amazing of a photographer Ernst is. We reached out to him in an emergency situation- we were one month away from our big day and had to find a new photographer. Ernst had recently captured a wedding I was at, and the bride had nothing but rave reviews about him. His response time was amazing- he ALWAYS responded promptly, professionally, and politely. He met with my husband and I that same week and went over everything with us, signed a contract and we started counting down the days.

He asked if he could attend our rehearsal, he wanted to scope out the venue and get to know our wedding party. Our rehearsal was on Halloween, he was so dedicated that he took a few hours away from his kids on a fun holiday to come make sure he was prepared for our wedding.

Ernst quickly realized how loud, silly, and obnoxious we all were- and he couldn't have captured that any better. He came to the hotel room around 9:30am and stayed at the reception until 10:30pm. During those 13 hours he captured every moment I could have ever asked for. He captured the raw emotion of our guests, from laughing to crying to everything in between. We wanted our photographs to remind us of the events, the people, the feelings of that day- and that's EXACTLY what Ernst's talent delivered.

Not to mention he turned the photographs around in two weeks....865 or so photos all edited and gorgeous, in two weeks. Amazing! I even had a little wardrobe malfunction and Ernst gladly went back and touched up the photos for me. Plus he sent us a customized USB drive in a cute little box, both of which had a photo from our wedding on them.

Please, if you are considering Ernst as a photographer- DO IT! He was so fun and easy to work with! Thank you Ernst!!
I don't think there are enough words to say how amazing of a photographer Ernst is. We reached out to him in an emergency Read more...
I don't think there are enough words to say how amazing of a photographer Ernst is. We reached out to him in an emergency situation- we were one month away from our big day and had to find a new photographer. Ernst had recently captured a wedding I was at, and the bride had nothing but rave reviews about him. His response time was amazing- he ALWAYS responded promptly, professionally, and politely. He met with my husband and I that same week and went over everything with us, signed a contract and we started counting down the days.

He asked if he could attend our rehearsal, he wanted to scope out the venue and get to know our wedding party. Our rehearsal was on Halloween, he was so dedicated that he took a few hours away from his kids on a fun holiday to come make sure he was prepared for our wedding.

Ernst quickly realized how loud, silly, and obnoxious we all were- and he couldn't have captured that any better. He came to the hotel room around 9:30am and stayed at the reception until 10:30pm. During those 13 hours he captured every moment I could have ever asked for. He captured the raw emotion of our guests, from laughing to crying to everything in between. We wanted our photographs to remind us of the events, the people, the feelings of that day- and that's EXACTLY what Ernst's talent delivered.

Not to mention he turned the photographs around in two weeks....865 or so photos all edited and gorgeous, in two weeks. Amazing! I even had a little wardrobe malfunction and Ernst gladly went back and touched up the photos for me. Plus he sent us a customized USB drive in a cute little box, both of which had a photo from our wedding on them.

Please, if you are considering Ernst as a photographer- DO IT! He was so fun and easy to work with! Thank you Ernst!! Read less
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Abby
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Ernst photographed our wedding in October and I must say, my husband and I are more than thrilled with his work! We were in awe when we got the photos back. We received many compliments about him at our wedding and after about the photos. The pricing is perfect, the pictures are perfect and he is an extremely nice man! My husband and I highly recommend Ernst for any occasion you are wanting photographed. He does excellent work.
Ernst photographed our wedding in October and I must say, my husband and I are more than thrilled with his work! We were Read more...
Ernst photographed our wedding in October and I must say, my husband and I are more than thrilled with his work! We were in awe when we got the photos back. We received many compliments about him at our wedding and after about the photos. The pricing is perfect, the pictures are perfect and he is an extremely nice man! My husband and I highly recommend Ernst for any occasion you are wanting photographed. He does excellent work. Read less
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Margaret
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Ernst is, simply stated, the very best photographer you can hire. He goes above and beyond to give you amazing memories of your big day.

We hired him first for engagement pictures, and knew immediately we had made the right choice. He is so friendly and comfortable to be around, but above all else he KNOWS how to capture a moment. He was all over the place, even climbed a tree, and the results were perfection.

When it came time for the wedding, he blew us and our wedding party away. He came for the rehearsal to get a good feel for the venue and by the actual event, he knew the wedding party by name. He arrived per our request at the hotel to get the getting dressed pictures at Noon, and didn't leave the reception until around 10. (the reception ended at 10:30) He captures every moment, big or small. Our pictures aren't just your typical staged shots (which he also does REALLY well), but actual moments with joy and love, and not just of the bridal party, but of all the guests.

Today we received our package with the drive with our pictures on them, and were again blown away. Ernst had a custom box made with our picture on it (that we are now using as a canvas on the wall) Inside was a custom flash drive with another of our pictures printed on it. He puts so much thought into every aspect of the process.

As far as photo quality, I'm sure I'm biased, but ours are the most crystal clear I've seen. There are no showy filters or flashy effect editing to hide an overall lack of quality like I see so often anymore, just crystal clear perfectly lit and captured shots.

Ernst is the absolute best choice for capturing your big day
Ernst is, simply stated, the very best photographer you can hire. He goes above and beyond to give you amazing memories of Read more...
Ernst is, simply stated, the very best photographer you can hire. He goes above and beyond to give you amazing memories of your big day.

We hired him first for engagement pictures, and knew immediately we had made the right choice. He is so friendly and comfortable to be around, but above all else he KNOWS how to capture a moment. He was all over the place, even climbed a tree, and the results were perfection.

When it came time for the wedding, he blew us and our wedding party away. He came for the rehearsal to get a good feel for the venue and by the actual event, he knew the wedding party by name. He arrived per our request at the hotel to get the getting dressed pictures at Noon, and didn't leave the reception until around 10. (the reception ended at 10:30) He captures every moment, big or small. Our pictures aren't just your typical staged shots (which he also does REALLY well), but actual moments with joy and love, and not just of the bridal party, but of all the guests.

Today we received our package with the drive with our pictures on them, and were again blown away. Ernst had a custom box made with our picture on it (that we are now using as a canvas on the wall) Inside was a custom flash drive with another of our pictures printed on it. He puts so much thought into every aspect of the process.

As far as photo quality, I'm sure I'm biased, but ours are the most crystal clear I've seen. There are no showy filters or flashy effect editing to hide an overall lack of quality like I see so often anymore, just crystal clear perfectly lit and captured shots.

Ernst is the absolute best choice for capturing your big day Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I cannot thank Ernst enough for the beautiful photos of our wedding! We
were overwhelmed with the quality of the photos we received in such a
quick turnaround from our wedding day. My husband and I live in DC and
were married in Illinois so had to coordinate the entire wedding over
email and phone calls. Ernst was recommended to us by a close family
friend and after seeing his work, we were convinced he was the
photographer for us. His professionalism is top-notch and he responded
quickly to all of our emails and made our transactions online run as
smoothly as possible. This was a huge weight off our minds because we
were planning from so far away.

As for the wedding day, Ernst was
extremely laid back and made us both feel comfortable and relaxed. For
two people that hate taking "staged" photos, I was delighted that Ernst
captured dozens of photos that looked so natural and really captured
the couple that we are. In addition to keeping us relaxed and natural,
Ernst also handled interactions with both of our families extremely well
and we received a lot of compliments on his professionalism and the
quality of the photos afterwards.

I could go on and on about the
quality of our photos, but one of the main reasons we chose Ernst is
because he does wonderful candids of friends and family that come to
wedding as well. We have so many amazing pictures of all of the people
in attendance and it's such a treasure to have. He really captured all
of the best parts of the day!
I cannot thank Ernst enough for the beautiful photos of our wedding! We
were overwhelmed with the quality of the Read more...
I cannot thank Ernst enough for the beautiful photos of our wedding! We
were overwhelmed with the quality of the photos we received in such a
quick turnaround from our wedding day. My husband and I live in DC and
were married in Illinois so had to coordinate the entire wedding over
email and phone calls. Ernst was recommended to us by a close family
friend and after seeing his work, we were convinced he was the
photographer for us. His professionalism is top-notch and he responded
quickly to all of our emails and made our transactions online run as
smoothly as possible. This was a huge weight off our minds because we
were planning from so far away.

As for the wedding day, Ernst was
extremely laid back and made us both feel comfortable and relaxed. For
two people that hate taking "staged" photos, I was delighted that Ernst
captured dozens of photos that looked so natural and really captured
the couple that we are. In addition to keeping us relaxed and natural,
Ernst also handled interactions with both of our families extremely well
and we received a lot of compliments on his professionalism and the
quality of the photos afterwards.

I could go on and on about the
quality of our photos, but one of the main reasons we chose Ernst is
because he does wonderful candids of friends and family that come to
wedding as well. We have so many amazing pictures of all of the people
in attendance and it's such a treasure to have. He really captured all
of the best parts of the day! Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I used Ernst as our photographer for our wedding in August of 2014. Ernst went out of his way to make sure that we got the kind of pictures we wanted, and he went above and beyond by showing up to the rehearsal to prepare for the next day. He even came earlier than originally planned to get pictures of me getting ready so that we wouldn't feel rushed. Ernst has a photojournalistic style which we loved because he captured so many pictures that looked natural and flattering, some that we wouldn't have even thought to have him take. We would highly recommend him and would use him again.










My husband and I used Ernst as our photographer for our wedding in August of 2014. Ernst went out of his way to make sure that we got the kind of pictures we wanted, and he went above and beyond by showing up to the rehearsal to prepare for the next day. He even came earlier than originally planned to get pictures of me getting ready so that we wouldn't feel rushed. Ernst has a photojournalistic style which we loved because he captured so many pictures that looked natural and flattering, some that we wouldn't have even thought to have him take. We would highly recommend him and would use him again.
My husband and I used Ernst as our photographer for our wedding in August of 2014. Ernst went out of his way to make sure Read more...
My husband and I used Ernst as our photographer for our wedding in August of 2014. Ernst went out of his way to make sure that we got the kind of pictures we wanted, and he went above and beyond by showing up to the rehearsal to prepare for the next day. He even came earlier than originally planned to get pictures of me getting ready so that we wouldn't feel rushed. Ernst has a photojournalistic style which we loved because he captured so many pictures that looked natural and flattering, some that we wouldn't have even thought to have him take. We would highly recommend him and would use him again.










My husband and I used Ernst as our photographer for our wedding in August of 2014. Ernst went out of his way to make sure that we got the kind of pictures we wanted, and he went above and beyond by showing up to the rehearsal to prepare for the next day. He even came earlier than originally planned to get pictures of me getting ready so that we wouldn't feel rushed. Ernst has a photojournalistic style which we loved because he captured so many pictures that looked natural and flattering, some that we wouldn't have even thought to have him take. We would highly recommend him and would use him again. Read less
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Julian
Wedding:
7/26/2014
4.8/5.0
Ernst was our wedding photographer of our wedding in July 2014. Ernst did an outstanding job in capture every aspect of our wedding and reception. He was willing to spend extra time to attend wedding rehearsal, check reception setting, and arrived really early to take pics for my wife's makeup and hair salon (8:00 am). Under very hot and humid weather, Ernst captured wonderful pics from different angles. The editing work is fantastic, and we can tell he really spent the time to edit each pic. We sent out Ernst version of our wedding/receptions pics to all of our friends. He is a really nice guy and very professional! Price is fair and editing took 4-6 weeks.
Ernst was our wedding photographer of our wedding in July 2014. Ernst did an outstanding job in capture every aspect of Read more...
Ernst was our wedding photographer of our wedding in July 2014. Ernst did an outstanding job in capture every aspect of our wedding and reception. He was willing to spend extra time to attend wedding rehearsal, check reception setting, and arrived really early to take pics for my wife's makeup and hair salon (8:00 am). Under very hot and humid weather, Ernst captured wonderful pics from different angles. The editing work is fantastic, and we can tell he really spent the time to edit each pic. We sent out Ernst version of our wedding/receptions pics to all of our friends. He is a really nice guy and very professional! Price is fair and editing took 4-6 weeks. Read less
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Paul
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Ernst went above and beyond in every facet of our wedding. We worked with several vendors in order to put on our wedding, and Ernst was by far the easiest to work with. He always was quick to answer any questions and was on top of everything from start to finish. He sent us emails to remind us of important dates and information a week or two before it was even on our minds. He was very flexible with times to meet up and made us feel like he would be anywhere and do anything to make our wedding day perfect. He even showed up to take pictures of the girls getting their hair done early in the morning, even though we told him he was welcome to attend but that it was unnecessary since only a few were getting their hair done.

We were a little nervous because many photo vendors use a two or three person crew now, but we could not believe how many shots he was able to take and we were left with the feeling that he did not miss a thing and captured moments we would not even have thought of.

Ernst does his homework and it showed. We truly feel as if there was nothing more we could have asked for from him and we feel like we got it all for a reasonable price. Ernst was a pleasure to work with and made our wedding day truly special and has provided us with beautiful photos that will allow us to remember that special day for years to come.

It is great knowing that you have someone you can trust to capture your wedding day, who does a fantastic job.
Ernst went above and beyond in every facet of our wedding. We worked with several vendors in order to put on our wedding, Read more...
Ernst went above and beyond in every facet of our wedding. We worked with several vendors in order to put on our wedding, and Ernst was by far the easiest to work with. He always was quick to answer any questions and was on top of everything from start to finish. He sent us emails to remind us of important dates and information a week or two before it was even on our minds. He was very flexible with times to meet up and made us feel like he would be anywhere and do anything to make our wedding day perfect. He even showed up to take pictures of the girls getting their hair done early in the morning, even though we told him he was welcome to attend but that it was unnecessary since only a few were getting their hair done.

We were a little nervous because many photo vendors use a two or three person crew now, but we could not believe how many shots he was able to take and we were left with the feeling that he did not miss a thing and captured moments we would not even have thought of.

Ernst does his homework and it showed. We truly feel as if there was nothing more we could have asked for from him and we feel like we got it all for a reasonable price. Ernst was a pleasure to work with and made our wedding day truly special and has provided us with beautiful photos that will allow us to remember that special day for years to come.

It is great knowing that you have someone you can trust to capture your wedding day, who does a fantastic job. Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
6/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Ernst was amazing. By the end of our wedding we felt as if he was family. We really connected to him and appreciated how hard he worked. Ernst captured moments that happened in a flash. The pictures turned out wonderful and he was positive about everything. The amount he charges is very reasonable and the amount for printing is super affordable. A+ for Ernst
Ernst was amazing. By the end of our wedding we felt as if he was family. We really connected to him and appreciated how Read more...
Ernst was amazing. By the end of our wedding we felt as if he was family. We really connected to him and appreciated how hard he worked. Ernst captured moments that happened in a flash. The pictures turned out wonderful and he was positive about everything. The amount he charges is very reasonable and the amount for printing is super affordable. A+ for Ernst Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Ernst did my wedding at the Peoria Zoo on June 14, 2014. He is exactly what you want in a photographer--laid back but responsible and dependable. He checks out all the venues in advance if he hasn't been to them before, and even came to our rehearsal in order to meet everyone and check out the church (despite it being an hour away). We got our pictures in about six weeks, which is pretty good time compared to what I've heard from other people. We were very happy with the photos as well. Highly recommended!
Ernst did my wedding at the Peoria Zoo on June 14, 2014. He is exactly what you want in a photographer--laid back but Read more...
Ernst did my wedding at the Peoria Zoo on June 14, 2014. He is exactly what you want in a photographer--laid back but responsible and dependable. He checks out all the venues in advance if he hasn't been to them before, and even came to our rehearsal in order to meet everyone and check out the church (despite it being an hour away). We got our pictures in about six weeks, which is pretty good time compared to what I've heard from other people. We were very happy with the photos as well. Highly recommended! Read less
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Mindy
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Ernst bent over backwards for my husband and I on our wedding day! He was there through every angle and made every shot perfect. He touched every single photo he gave me even if it meant no editing, he made sure he took time to view each and every one by themselves. We ran out of time on our wedding day for some of the shots that I'd wanted, so he even made an effort to schedule another day to make up for that! Who else gets to wear their wedding gown twice?!?! Great, great job, Ernst!!!
Ernst bent over backwards for my husband and I on our wedding day! He was there through every angle and made every shot Read more...
Ernst bent over backwards for my husband and I on our wedding day! He was there through every angle and made every shot perfect. He touched every single photo he gave me even if it meant no editing, he made sure he took time to view each and every one by themselves. We ran out of time on our wedding day for some of the shots that I'd wanted, so he even made an effort to schedule another day to make up for that! Who else gets to wear their wedding gown twice?!?! Great, great job, Ernst!!! Read less
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